School wears red for life-saving heart unit

Max, 8, Ruby, 6, Lydia, 10, Noah, 10, Mary-Jane, 10, and Samuel, 7
Max, 8, Ruby, 6, Lydia, 10, Noah, 10, Mary-Jane, 10, and Samuel, 7

Pupils from Barmby Moor Primary School have been fundraising for a heart unit which cared for one of their classmates.

The school hosted a Wear Red Day last month to raise money for a Leeds Heart Unit and managed to raise £168.76 on the day.

Pupil Mary-Jane Kelly wrote a letter to the headteacher asking if they could all wear red to raise money for the unit.

The 10-year-old wrote: “This will help babies and children with heart problems. Last year Wear Red Day raised over £48,000 for Leeds Heart Unit which saved my brother.”

Prizes were donated by Mary-Jane and her mum to be given to the best dressed in each class.

A spokesperson for the school said: “They really enjoyed it they were really excited. It meant a lot because they know the little boy who was at the heart unit.”

A class at the school has also been raising money for Martin House Children’s Hospice. Class 5 chose the hospice as their charity for the year and throughout they will raise funds to donate at the end of the year.

The pupils have hosted fundraisers and sold DVDs of the school’s Christmas production to raise funds.

Teacher Ben Atkinson will also complete the Tough Mud Challenge later in the year and the money will be donated to the hospice. He said: “There will be many things coming up we have just finished selling the DVDs so we are thinking of new ideas.”